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When Students Struggle

Livia McCoy
Livia McCoy spent many years teaching upper school science. She currently serves as Dean of Student Support at The Steward School in Richmond, VA. Livia sees each student as an individual with great potential to learn, and feels her job is to help every student figure out how to be successful in school. Livia says, “I blog about the many smart students who struggle in school because they think differently or have attention issues. I share what I have learned helping these students, their parents and teachers to see how they can experience success in school.” Livia welcomes comments on her blog at SchoolFamily.com.


Teaching your child responsibility and decision-making skills

Feb 07, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kindergarten, Homework, High School, Health and Fitness, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School

I wrote an earlier blog post about teaching children how to accept responsibility for their actions.   In that post I suggested that when your daughter says, “Mrs. Johnson got me in trouble,” you might help ... Read more
ADHD and Medication: Should You Consider It for Your Child?

Jan 31, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, Homework, High School, Health and Fitness, Elementary School, ADHD

Making the decision to medicate your child for attention problems is extremely difficult. I encourage you to consider it, however, if your child is struggling in school, and those who work with him have mentioned possible att... Read more
Learning Disabilities and Social Problems

Jan 24, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Parenting, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kids Learning, High School, Health and Fitness, Elementary School

Children with learning disabilities (especially nonverbal LD) or attention issues often have social problems. I wrote about some of them in an earlier post. But, there is one problem that I didn’t mention in that blog t... Read more
Why laptops aren't good for all students

Jan 17, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Technology, School Curriculum, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, Homework, High School, Elementary School, College

One-to-one Laptop Schools—those schools that provide each student with a laptop or tablet computer—may be good for some learners, but not for all. Many schools are also issuing digital textbooks along with laptops... Read more
A Teacher's Study Tips for Exams

Jan 10, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Homework, High School, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School

It is about the time of year when teachers begin talking about exams! At my school, we have first semester exams next week. Teachers here spend all of this week reviewing for them to make sure their students know what will be... Read more
Children Need Experience Making Their Own Decisions

Jan 03, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Clothes, School Breakfast, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Motor Skills, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning, High School, Helicopter Parents, Health and Fitness, Fun Learning Activities, Extracurricular Activities, Elementary School, After-School

It is tempting as a parent to take control of every part of a child’s life. Parents make sure their children do all their homework, get up on time, get ready for school, eat a healthy breakfast, wear appropriate clothin... Read more
What Does It Really Mean When A Child Is Learning Disabled?

Dec 27, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kids Writing, Kids Learning, Homework, High School, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School

Students who struggle in school are often misunderstood. On Monday, they might turn in work that is beautifully written and thoroughly done. Then on Tuesday, their work is practically illegible, only partially complete, full ... Read more
During the Holiday Break, Take Time Off to Relax and Enjoy Your Children

Dec 20, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Vacation Homework, Teachers, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Kindergarten, High School, Health and Fitness, Extracurricular Activities, Elementary School

  Students who struggle in school need the holiday to rest, relax, and have some fun. When school is in session, they put forth more effort than other students. Additionally, they are spending time doing things they rea... Read more
Helping Kids By Reducing the Demands on Working Memory

Dec 13, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Middle School, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kindergarten, Kids Writing, Kids Learning, Homework, Elementary School

Note: Please read Livia McCoy's earlier post that defines working memory, before reading this blog post. Otherwise, it may not make much sense! Imagine that your daughter has not mastered cursive handwriting. This is a likely... Read more
A Positive Approach: Teach By Catching Kids Doing Something Right!

Dec 06, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning, High School, Elementary School

Parents and teachers have a tendency to tell children what they are doing wrong. That’s our job, isn’t it? But wouldn’t it be better to tell them how to do things right instead? “You need to keep worki... Read more